Shipping companies currently importing and exporting freight around the globe call into many ports discharging containers en route to the final destination on a daily basis.
The port of Felixstowe is one of these and has announced that during August 2013 it handled its 70 millionth TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) and has thanked the global shipping companies for frequenting its berths on such a regular basis.
Having begun operations with the shipping companies back in the middle of the 1960’s Felixstowe has grown to become a leading player in port operations within the UK.
The 70 millionth container was loaded onto the vessel Bellina which is owned by MSC who are one of the major shipping companies currently in operation and the actual container was placed on board by the UK secretary of state for transport the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin
As an indication into the world of the shipping companies and the expansion that has taken place over the years the Languard container terminal at Felixstowe port was completed during 1967 and measured 500 feet this was increased by 800 feet the following year after work was completed totaling 1300 feet of quay space.
As you may have seen in our recent blog Maersk who are top of the pile when it comes to shipping companies recently launched their new mega vessel Mc-Kinney Moller which was 1309 feet long and is actually a few feet longer than the original berths at the quay when Felixstowe began.
Shipping companies currently carry 90% of the total trade with the UK by sea and this looks to be on the increase and 42% of the UK’s cargo that comes in via container does so through Felixstowe.
As an industry the shipping companies and the maritime sector as a whole equates to a total of £14 billion pounds per year to the UK economy and this is also on the rise.